Press Tours ‘Exacerbating Anxiety Attacks’
Jonah Hill released an open letter in which he announced that he would no longer be promoting his own films for the foreseeable future in order to continue working on his mental health. Hill’s upcoming projects include a new documentary he directed titled “Spoutz“and Netflix Comedy”you peoplewhich Hill co-wrote with director Kenya Barris. Hill stars in the Netflix film alongside Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Molly Gordon, Mike Epps, Nia Long and David Duchovny.
“Through this journey of self-discovery in film, I realized that I had spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, which are exacerbated by media appearances and public events,” said writes Hill about the launch of the documentary “Sputz”. at the upcoming fall film festivals. The film features Hill and his therapist openly discussing his mental health issues.
“You won’t see me promoting this movie, or any of my upcoming movies, while I take this important step to protect myself,” Hill continued. “If I made myself sicker going out there and promoting, I wouldn’t be true to myself or the movie.”
Hill added: “I usually recoil from letters or statements like this, but I understand that I am one of the privileged few who can afford to take time off. I will not lose my job working on my anxiety. With this letter and with ‘Stutz’, I hope to make it more normal for people to talk and act on this stuff. Thus, they can take steps to feel better and to make those around them understand their problems more clearly.
Hill has been largely in the spotlight in 2022. His most recent film, Adam McKay’s star-studded Netflix satire “Don’t Look Up,” hit theaters and on Netflix last December. Hill directed the second episode of the HBO drama series “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.”
Read Jonah Hill’s full open letter below, which was first published by Deadline.
I’ve finished making my second film, a documentary about me and my therapist exploring mental health in general called “Stutz”. The purpose of making this film is to give therapy and the tools I learned in therapy to a wide audience for private use through an entertaining film. Through this journey of self-discovery in film, I realized that I spent almost 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, which are exacerbated by media appearances and public events. I am so grateful that the film is making its world premiere at a prestigious film festival this fall, and I look forward to sharing it with audiences around the world in the hopes that it will help those struggling. However, you won’t see me promoting this movie, or any of my upcoming movies, while I take this important step to protect myself. If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting, I wouldn’t be acting true to myself or the movie. I usually cringe at letters or statements like this, but I understand that I’m one of the privileged few who can afford to rest. I will not lose my job working on my anxiety. With this letter and with “Stutz”, I hope to make it more normal for people to talk and act on this stuff. So that they can take action to feel better and that the people around them can better understand their problems. I hope the work speaks for itself and I am grateful to my staff, business partners and everyone reading this for your understanding and support.
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